Surrounded by hills, not far from the slopes of the Sibylline Mountains, and a few miles from the sea, Ascoli Piceno emerges from its green surroundings with its bell towers and yellow-coloured travertine rock. This warm-coloured rock, which is abundant in the region, has become the defining feature of the city's architectural style and can be found in shapes that suit all tastes. Each period has left its mark on Ascoli Piceno: the medieval look of the cathedral and baptistery dominates Arringo Square, while San Francesco Church, which dates back to the 13th century (with its seven apses), lends Popolo Square an aesthetic aspect. In the same place, the Palace of the Captains of the People, which, in its current version, is the work of Cola dell'Amatrice, and the Traders' Lodge, are good examples of Renaissance art. In contrast, if you wish to immerse yourself in the frivolous and elegant atmosphere of the Belle Epoque, stop off at Meletti cafÚ, which isn't far.